CLM Module 1.1: Options In Ministry

Module One: Call and Covenant for Ministry – November 12-13, 2021

Centering Prayer: Lord Jesus, today I am far less than the person I want to be or can be with your help. I ask today that you would be more and more the center of my life. Guide me to all that is good, cleanse me from all that is not. Teach me Your ways and form in me Your nature. Help me to serve you as I am gifted. Help me to notice my neighbor and work through me to redeem my neighborhood. I am a sinner; please be my Shepherd, my Savior and my Lord. Amen.

Module One: Call and Covenant for Ministry

Purpose: To provide a basic overview of the call to ministry, theology, and ordering of ministry in The United Methodist Church; to explain the role of Certified Lay Minister; to support the formation of a Mutual Ministry Team for learning and leading in the congregation; and to develop a ministry covenant to guide mission.

Learning Goals. At the end of this module, the participant will be able to:

  • discuss ministry in The United Methodist tradition and its various expressions,
  • demonstrate the diverse forms and distinctions of ministry and how they relate,
  • describe and discuss spiritual gifts and their use in shared ministry with the church and community,
  • write a mutual ministry covenant and
  • present it to the congregation or ministry setting for acceptance.


2016 Book of Discipline – Section II. The Ministry of All Christians
Understanding the Ministry of the laity in The United Methodist Tradition

126. The Heart of Christian Ministry—The heart of Christian ministry is Christ’s ministry of outreaching love. Christian ministry is the expression of the mind and mission of Christ by a community of Christians that demonstrates a common life of gratitude and devotion, witness and service, celebration and discipleship. All Christians are called through their baptism to this ministry of servanthood in the world to the glory of God and for human fulfillment. The forms of this ministry are diverse in locale, in interest, and in denominational accent, yet always catholic in spirit and outreach.

“catholic” adjective 1. including a wide variety of things; all-embracing.
Synonyms: universal, diverse, diversified, wide, broad, broad-based, eclectic, liberal, latitudinarian (allowing latitude, especially in religion; showing no preference among varying creeds and forms of worship); comprehensive, all-encompassing, all-embracing, all-inclusive.

¶ 127. The Ministry of the Laity The ministry of the laity flows from a commitment to Christ’s outreaching love. Lay members of The United Methodist Church are, by history and calling, active advocates of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional. The witness of the laity, their Christ-like examples of everyday living as well as the sharing of their own faith experiences of the gospel, is the primary evangelistic ministry through which all people will come to know Christ and The United Methodist Church will fulfill its mission.


“Orders” Exercise.

Sorting Questions: Lay Servant – Lay Speaker – CLM – PTLP – FTLP – Deacon – Elder

  1. I would rather serve
    as a volunteer in a church. … or … as an employee of a church.
  2. As an employee, I would prefer to
    find and choose my own ministry job … or … have the Bishop send me wherever
    most needed (itinerate – no choice).
    (Do you have a “Tether”?)

… or … have a choice and input where I am
assigned by a District

  1. In terms of hours I would rather …
    Work part-time (less than 40) … or … full time (40+ hours per week).

I would like to be Bivocational –
combine ministry + a “day job”

  1. I would rather learn …
    “on the job” through continuing education. … or … take three years to go to Seminary
    Master of Divinity, 3-4 yrs post BA

    … or … Course of Study (5-12 years)
    Full or part time (Extension)
  2. I would rather serve as
    a specialist in ministry … or … be a generalist and oversee the
    (focused on serving part of a the whole church.
    ministry of a church …
    or part of a community)
  3. I like serving as a part of a team … or … I like being the “in
    cooperating with others charge” leader,
    independent and doing my
    own thing my way.

Unique qualities of CLM Innovation … doing with (team leader) instead of doing for (employee). Certified lay ministers are laypersons, and as such may not consecrate the elements at communion, perform weddings, receive new members, or perform baptisms. The CLM, however, may perform all of the other duties of a pastoral leader within the ministry setting he or she is assigned … but they perform these duties as a part of a Ministry Team.

More Information

2016 Book of Discipline online:

Information on the Course of Study for Local Pastors:


This resource for teaching Module 1 of the Certified Lay Minister program of the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference is developed by David Kueker and is based on Module I: Call and Covenant for Ministry, copyright 2016 by Discipleship Resources, Nashville, TN.
CLM 1.1, Reviewed: 2-19-22.

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